Watch Dierks Bentley Perform Avicii’s ‘Hey Brother’
By Annie Reuter
Dierks Bentley is currently in London promoting his new album, Riser. On a recent tour stop, he took the stage to perform his own rendition of Avicii‘s popular single “Hey Brother.” Watch below as Bentley and his band put their spin on the hit, complete with fiddle:
Avicii is a Swedish-born producer and electronic music DJ, and he’s been toying with folk- and bluegrass-style vocals in some of his recordings, including recent hits “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother.”
Bentley released his album Riser last month, and in an interview with Radio.com he explained the life events and at-times “crazy” emotions behind the release.
“It’s crazy with touring and family and your dad passing away and at the same time your son is born,” he said. “As a songwriter, [you have to] keep that honesty and somehow put life into a three-minute-and-30-second song in different snippets throughout the whole album. That was the main challenge, and I feel like I was able to do that.”
In addition to releasing Riser, Bentley premiered the companion film Dierks Bentley: Riser in select cities leading up to his album release.
“The film was really uncomfortable, but in a good way,” Bentley admitted to Radio.com during an interview after the screening. He explained that while he had “final say” as to what showed up on screen, it was also important to “respect [the] art” of the filmmakers and keep some uncomfortable moments intact.
“It’s a new medium for me,” he said of the film, and “it’s hard for me to watch without alcohol.” His fans, though, “will love it,” he said. “I wouldn’t have any of this without them, so that’s what I tell myself as I’m watching it. That’s how I make it through.”